The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Lisa Charlotte Muth
Welcome back to the tenth edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.
Recurring topics this week include a new wave of COVID cases, the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, and your favorite simple charts with some uncommon twists.
For the second week in a row, Afghanistan was the biggest story in data vis. The entire country is now effectively under Taliban control:
Both Afghans and foreign nationals rushed to leave the country by air:
And we looked back at what the past 20 years have actually changed:
But just because the pandemic hasn’t taken our top spot in recent weeks, don’t be fooled — COVID is roaring back:
In some countries, the newest wave may be helped along by waning vaccine efficacy:
And we’re still far from a pre-pandemic economic normalcy:
With no end in sight, it’s not hard to understand the ongoing interest in investigating the origins of the virus:
But enough about the news for now! Let’s talk about data vis. Between war, census, and natural disaster, last week was all map all the time:
This week, meanwhile, it was simple charts’ time to shine:
But simple charts can still surprise you with a twist. How about a draw-your-guess interactive element, a “moving” bar to show policy changes, a tiny chart in line with the text, or an Arabic x-axis where time moves from right to left?
And last but never least… it’s hot out here. And dry. And the dry stuff is burning. And it’s about to get a lot hotter.
What else we found interesting
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(she/her, @rosemintzers) is a data vis writer on Datawrapper's communications team. She likes words, numbers, pictures, and all possible combinations of the same. Rose lives in Berlin.
Lisa Charlotte Muth
(she/her, @lisacmuth, @email@example.com) is Datawrapper’s head of communications. She writes about best practices in data visualization and thinks of new ways to excite you about charts and maps. Lisa lives in Berlin.